Kristie and I have been to Olde Beach Bakery on several occasions. For this particular review, we were spending a three day, get-away weekend, at a lovely beach bach, in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast. We visited the Bakery each and every day! The Olde Beach Bakery is an incredible, yet tiny, establishment that serves some of the best baked goods that we have had in New Zealand (and in the case of their Danishes, the best Leo has EVER had). The Olde Beach Bakery has a huge selection of on-premise baked goods that will send your taste buds into overload. They serve all manner of cakes, scones, tarts, breads, pastries, pies (both sweet and savoury), sandwiches, soups and milk shakes! The staff are always friendly and courteous, and strive to get your order as quickly as possible, with a warm smile on their faces. You won’t find any seating inside, but they do have a courtyard outside with seating hanging baskets and a caravan selling curios. But as inviting as they make it, you’ll probably want to take your food on a picnic and take the short walk or drive to Waikanae beach, or to one of the nearby parks. At any rate, if you find yourself in Waikanae, or don’t mind a 50 KM drive to get something sweet, we hope you’ll go and pay a visit to the Olde Beach Bakery.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download
All ratings are on a 5 point scale
Food Quality: 5+
Overall Rating: 4.4
Olde Beach Bakery Store Front
Flight Coffee served here
Caravan selling curios and garden…stuff
Will that be paper, or plastic?
Small storefront on the outside, big taste on the inside
Lemon Curd Dough and Danish with flat whites
Lemon Curd doughnut, which Kristie beleives was made by doughnut gods
Quite literally THE BEST danish I have ever had
Lemon Curd Dough and Danish with flat whites
Best cheese scone in NZ so far
Gorgeous and delicious date scone
Some flowers on display…apparently not edible
Some morning pastries
Yummy cabinet food; you can see the neenish tarts in this shot
Sweet and savory; take your pick!
Pecan pie; tiny, but tasty!
Salami salad…not salmon salad. Either way it was incredible
Veggie Quiche, which real men don’t eat
The greatest thing since sliced bread….I mean the greatest slices of bread!
In our beta episode, we mentioned that one of the reasons we wanted to create this podcast, was because we aren’t the kind of people who go in for fancy-schmancy restaurants. We enjoy good food and good coffee without all the pretense that is often associated with a high-brow, high-priced restaurant. Thankfully, we found a cafe that seems to match with our ideals when it comes to coffee in Raglan Roast.
In this episode, rather than simply adding our own review, we’ll let Raglan Roast speak for themselves. We interviewed the manager of Raglan Roast (Wellington), Jed Creser, a remarkably well informed young man when it comes to coffee and cafes in NZ.
In the interview, I think that you’ll find that Jed is passionate about what he does, and I think if you get the chance to experience a coffee poured by him, you will taste the difference passion makes.
*A note on the cleanliness and atmosphere: Although the cafe was quite clean, this isn’t a cafe for people who like everything in it’s proper place. This is a cafe that has a rough (by design) interior; it has a bohemian quality. It is a place built by surfers, for people who want good coffee, not pristine surroundings.
That being said, there are some couches that could stand a bit of repair, but this was touched on by Jed in the interview.
More examples of the use of a local artist’s flare.
Have a seat. Take a load off.
Jed serving his customers.
Jed Creser…or at least the back of his head.
Local artist allowed free rein on the cafe’s interior.
Using their coffee burlap sacks as part of the décor.
Bureau…I checked, there was no clothes in it.
Comfy chairs to lounge and have a read while enjoying your coffee.
Some of their merchandise.
Surf gear for sale as well as selling lessons.
A local fashion designer selling footwear out of the coffee shop. Cool!
The first time we went into the Home Cafe, it was a weekend afternoon. By the time we had arrived, we weren’t impressed with the meagre selection that was left, as all the really good stuff had been picked over. So we didn’t get anything, and decided that we probably wouldn’t bother going back. But a few weeks later, Kristie had mentioned that a friend had invited her back for lunch, and she was impressed enough to invite me along for another try.
The first time we went there together, we only ordered one of their sandwich cookies for take away. Holy yummy chocolate chip cookies Batman!
After tasting that, we knew we wanted to go back! The photos below, were taken on two separate occasions, but be sure to listen to the review, where we take a deep dive into sandwiches!